Ryan Murray has tweeted the news that ex-Oklahoma quarterback Drew Allen will transfer to Syracuse University to play football. The news is welcoming for a team that has a shade of grey at the quarterback position, with Ashton Broyld playing more of a running back/receiver position, and Charlie Loeb having limited experience on the field. It was originally reported that Allen was going to decide between Syracuse and NC State, and the news of his decision came out tonight. In my eyes, the more competition at quarterback this season, the better it will be for this team.
Make no mistake about it though. Loeb is still more than capable of starting at quarterback this season for the Orange. While Allen was the backup to Landry Jones at Oklahoma, Loeb has been the backup to a potential first round NFL quarterback. Loeb caught a lot of headlines last season when he attended a camp that included players like Matt Barkley, and Loeb outperformed him on the field. Matt Allen was also at that camp, and won the accuracy challenge for quarterbacks.
While their styles are different, it also wouldn’t surprise me to see split time at quarterback this season. There hasn’t been a true split at the position since RJ Anderson and Troy Nunes split at the position, and although that was more of an option-style offense, there have been other teams that have successfully split time at the position for the season. Just last year, the Orange saw the duo of Trevor Siemian and Kain Colter of Northwestern beat the team inside the Carrier Dome on opening day. It is more than possible for two quarterbacks to work together, and it could very well happen this season.